31 January 2019 fishing report and tips


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The waterways have been incredibly busy over the end of the school holidays and Australia day long weekend.

Brad has been staying upstream chasing whiting and trevally on surface lures with MMD splashprawns and Bassday Sugapens still his favourites.

He is also getting the odd mangrove jack near Chinderah. February and March are his favourite months for jacks as the bigger models begin to migrate downstream ahead of their permanent exodus at the end of summer to the open ocean. He has some dates available to target whiting and jacks in one day, book your trip soon by messaging us or sms.

When we eventually get desperately needed rain the jacks will school up in the mid to downstream areas, further improving the daily strike rate of well placed lures.


Clint has taken a few days off over the long weekend, before that he was still putting guests onto a large variety of fish in the broadwater, including tailor, barracuda, queenfish, moses perch, squid, flathead, whiting, squire, flounder, and tuskfish, with Ecogear ZX blades coated in Sax scent, and Zerek fishtraps being the lures of choice.

We are looking forward to quieter waterways now the holidays are over, the excess noise does deter the bigger fish.

This week with the smaller tides is a good opportunity to try the deeper water near the seaway, and Sundale up to Bundall bridge for mangrove jacks at night.

Let’s hope we get a big amount of rain of 100mm plus before summer is over, this will ensure some great estuary fishing over the cooler months.


Some lures we use that catch a lot of fish.

Thought we’d give some specifics on ones we use daily on our estuary charters at the Gold Coast and Tweed that have consistent strike rates. Especially for those anglers that go out there thinking there’s no fish left and come home with a donut.

First Ecogear ZX blades. These things are ridiculous fish catchers. Clint has just about everything that swims in rivers on them. Rig them on 4 or 6lb braid with a metre of 10lb fluorocarbon leader, drop to the bottom while drifting, and do continuous short, sharp flicks. The shorter the better. Rub some Sax scent on the 440 colour blade and they are weapons.

Secondly Zerek fishtrap in the 65mm size and Fat Betty colour. This soft vibe is as its name suggests, a fishtrap haha. It nails them.

Rig it on 6lb braid with a 12lb fluorocarbon leader and drop to the bottom in sandy areas, retrieve with slow 50cm lift and drops while drifting or casting and sooner enough you’ll be on.

Thirdly, slow troll Savage gear xdr shrimps in brown gold colour in depths from 1-3 metres, or pink Micro mullets in depths of 2-4m and you will catch fish. 6lb braid with 6lb fluoro leader does the job.

Lastly for jacks, big cod, and GT’s troll Atomic Shiner 85mm double deeps in Ghost Gill Brown colour in rocky areas 4-6 metres deep on 30lb braid and 50lb leader.

For a full on water demonstration on all of the above in one day, book a private charter with us and we’ll show you exactly how.

Cheers and good fishing
Smithy & Clinto

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